Ben Rooney

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Want to Skip College? This New Data Will Change Your Mind

John Belushi learns about the importance of education and college in <i>Animal House</i> | Source: Universal<p>Many millennials feel they’ve been hoodwinked. …

College & University

A civil servant missing most of his brain challenges our most basic theories of consciousness

Not much is definitively proven about consciousness, the awareness of one’s existence and surroundings, other than that it’s somehow linked to the brain. But theories as to how, exactly, grey matter generates consciousness are challenged when a fully-conscious man is found to be missing most of his …

Richard Feynman on Teaching Math to Kids and the Lessons of Knowledge

Legendary scientist Richard Feynman was famous for his penetrating insight and clarity of thought. Famous for not only the work he did to garner a …

How “likes” affect teenagers’ brains

FOR the first six months after teenagers in Colorado pass their driving test, the state bans them from carrying non-sibling teenage passengers unless …

Every child can learn math and love it!

New topic-focused and grade-specific webinars available! Click here for all sessions & dates.<p>Every child can learn math and love it.<p>We are an …

5 Lessons Effective Teachers Teach, Without Explicit Instruction

I’ve come to a frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my personal approach that creates the climate. It’s my …

Maths anxiety is creating a shortage of young scientists ... here's a solution

Does the thought of doing long division, or solving a bit of algebra give you the shivers? You’re likely to have maths anxiety. In our recent …

Education

Testing is Key to Long-Term Learning - Teacher Development Trust

By david.weston On Monday, May 23 rd, 2016 · no Comments · In Uncategorized<p><i>A guest post from Kathy Rastle (@Kathy_Rastle), Professor of Cognitive</i> …

The Brain

Pizza Hut just signaled a terrifying reality for fast-food workers

But that possibility has already become a reality for Pizza Hut waiters.<p>Pizza Hut has partnered with MasterCard to deploy robotic waiters to its restaurants in Asia.<p>The robots, named Pepper, can greet and interact with customers, as well as take food orders.<p>A digital tablet displayed on the robots' …

Study: there are instructions for teaching critical thinking

Whether or not you can teach something as subjective as critical thinking has been up for debate, but a fascinating study shows that it’s actually …

Pedagogy

An Oldie Revisited: The Border Problem

Here's one of my favorite oldies. (No, not the photo—the border problem.) I was so pleased to see this math investigation included in Jo Boaler’s …

MindMup 2.0 Includes Vertical Mind Mapping

MindMup is a nice mind mapping tool that can be integrated into your Google Drive account. MindMup works like most mind mapping tools in that you can …

How Does a Mathematician's Brain Differ from That of a Mere Mortal?

Alan Turing, Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, John Nash—these “beautiful” minds never fail to enchant the public, but they also remain somewhat …

Gambling is the vice that helped make the modern world. Here mathematician Adam Kucharski explains how casinos and card games inspired many ideas that are now fundamental to science.<p><b>1. Dice games and the birth of a new science</b><p>In the 16th Century, there was no way to quantify luck. If someone rolled …

Mathematics

This 10-Minute TED Talk Will Teach You Everything You Need to Know About Presenting | Inc.com

Think back to the last time you were mesmerized by a magnificent public speaker.<p>What went through your mind? Did you think, "Wow, I wish I could give presentations like that. I'd love to be able to get my message across effectively to my [team/employees/potential investors]."<p>But here's the thing: …

Public Speaking

Paper Worksheets Are Frustrating - Teacher Tech

Ditch the Paper Worksheets<p>Mentally, when you’re done you’re done. One problem with paper worksheets is you typically complete the worksheet before …

Don't Put a Crane Outside a Physicist's Window if You Don't Want Some Math

There is a building under construction next to the physics building. I can't help but pause each day to observe the progress. Currently, crews are …

Mathematics

Empathetic teachers keep unruly kids in school - Futurity

Teachers who treat students who misbehave with empathy—not punishment—have better results changing behavior and keeping kids in school, say …

'While a tough maths problem may develop the resilience of one student, another may develop those capabilities through sport'

In one of the less-examined parts of the recent schools White Paper, the DfE renewed its commitment to developing character through schools, …

How to create digital homework that students love

US History teacher Jennifer Hesseltine combined TED-Ed Lessons with an interactive blackboard to create a digital homework space that students</b> …

Teaching

Data collected about student behaviour doesn't help improve teaching or learning

Universities and schools around the world face constant pressure to find measures that demonstrate their impact on student learning. Most recently, …

The experience of mathematical beauty and its neural correlates

Introduction<p>“Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty”<p>Bertrand Russell, <i>Mysticism and Logic</i> (1919).<p>The beauty of …

Mathematical Matchmaker Michael Atiyah Dreams of a Quantum Union

Despite Michael Atiyah’s many accolades—he is a winner of both the Fields and the Abel prizes for mathematics; a past president of the Royal Society …

Mathematics

My best lesson: turning maths pupils into second world war codebreakers

About a year ago I was asked to take part in a careers event for maths students at the University of Oxford. I sat through presentations about banking and accountancy and felt at ease: my job can't compete on wages, but it's varied, fast-paced and hugely rewarding. Surely some of the bright young …

Beauty in Math and Art Activate Same Brain Area

Mathematicians have long likened the experience of mathematical beauty to that of visual and musical beauty. Now scientists in England and Scotland …

The Learning Curve Is The Earning Curve

For many years I’ve been traveling around the world giving speeches and discussions on the future of corporate learning. One of the points I point out is the fact that today learning is part of economic survival for most of us. If we don’t stay current, up to date, and continuously re-skilled in …

Human Resources

We Need to Rewrite the Textbook on How to Teach Teachers

A report from the National Council on Teacher Quality has found teacher-training textbooks aren't based in evidence.<br>Read More

Could This Welsh Town Be the Next Edtech Silicon Valley?

The Welsh coastal town of Fishguard in Pembrokeshire is about as far away from London's Silicon Roundabout as you can get. With the town is situated …

Response: 'Don't Fear' Students Who Challenge Class Chemistry

<b>(This is the first post in a two-part series)</b><p>Cheryl asked:<p><i>One student can change the chemistry of whole class. How do you bring balance to the Force</i> …

This Chart Will Tell You Your Likelihood of Getting Divorced

There's a commonly cited statistic that half of marriages end in divorce. But here's the thing: That doesn't mean there's a 50 percent chance that you'll get divorced. Divorce rates have dropped over the last few years as people wait longer to get married, which means that old statistics won't …